If you like one song albums you are gonna love FROM DEEP SPACE. If you want short sharp to the point songs you ought to look elsewhere. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
–Well, I initially got the idea from a song called From Beyond, on Sleep’s Holy Mountain album. In the song the lyrics say “Stoner caravan from deep space arrives..” and in my mind I always thought it would be cool if the stoner caravan’s name was actually From Deep Space in addition to them being from outer space. Also, I like the name From Deep Space because it signifies some kind of otherworldly experience, something I try to encapsulate with my music.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
–That’s easy. The band consists of only me. I play all the instruments and sing; there is no computerized instrumentation. I played in various bands for awhile: rock, experimental rock, punk, and horror punk, but I could never quite bring to fruition the sound that I heard in my head with anyone else. So, I decided to just play everything and go for it. The drums are my first instrument, with guitar being second, and in order to achieve my sound I dedicated a lot of time to getting better on the guitar to release the musical feelings I had within.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
–That’s a tough question…I’m not sure if there is a singular answer. I believe my sound is a culmination of all the music I’ve listened to, played, and experienced throughout my life. I believe Odin inspires me. I believe life experiences influence me. However, after playing in one of my last bands, I became somewhat frustrated with bands and playing music in general, and was about to hang it up for good, when two important things happened. While walking on the bank of Lake Siskiyou with my family, my mother found an awesome green guitar pick with a star in the center (a Starpick) and gave it to me. I suddenly had an urge to use it and play my guitar which had been gathering dust for years. Second, while I had always prayed to Odin and cherished all things Viking, I suddenly had a thirst for listening to Nordic and Scandinavian folk music. I stumbled upon a folk group from Finland called Kardemimmit, and their music enchanted me with its mysterious and magical qualities. I tried to play the guitar to some of their songs (not very successfully) and their music inspired me to no end. I started to come up with my own songs and that was that. I credit them with actually making me play the guitar again. From there I started listening to Eivor Palsdottir, Ancient Bear Cult, and many others. And of course, Sleep, Om, and High on Fire are some of my favorites. I wrote the lyrics to “A Bard’s Tale” sitting in the snow looking at Mt. Shasta from my parent’s front yard, who live in Mt. Shasta. The song is actually a prequel to a short story I wrote called The Mirrors of Eliazar, Lemurian Legends Volume 1. Characters in the song appear in the story as well.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
–The metal scene in my area is limited with its venues, but quite vibrant. Chico has some big names that come through playing at the Senator and those shows can kick some serious ass. I haven’t been part of the local/underground scene for awhile now, but I still have friends who play locally and are very involved. There is, or was while I was in it, quite a big underground scene for awhile, with many shows happening at live venues in town and at house parties. Some of my fondest memories playing local live shows was at this place called The Hell House. That place fucking went off.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
–I think being in a band definitely gives you a sense of being a part of something greater. There’s nothing quite like playing music with others and losing yourself in it. I think there are very few things in this world that can compare to it, if anything at all. I mean, you connect with others mentally and physically through the power of music, and you enter a state of existing in the past, present, and future, all together and all at the same time. When that happens its truly magical. Playing as a solo artist doesn’t quite have the same feelings as a band, but I lose myself in the feelings of the music in the same way.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
–A great album cover to me immediately captures my attention as well as my imagination. For the cover of Brunhilde, I chose to use a painting by Konrad Dielitz entitled “Wotan’s Farewell to Brunhilde” from 1892. I grew up looking at paintings from Konrad Dielitz because my grandmother had old prints of his artwork from posters for plays my great grandfather composed music to. I also named my Gibson SG Brunhilde, so the title of the album, the artwork, and the music are all linked in ways that mean a lot to me.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
–I think digital music is a great thing. I think it allows people direct access to music that they would otherwise not be able to experience. Take the music on bandcamp for example: in one sit down session I can experience music from all over the world. It wasn’t always like that. I can listen to music from Norway, Finland, Germany, Brazil, wherever, all in a matter of minutes. Some of my favorite bands right now, like Mantar from Germany, or Seremonia from Finland, I would never have experienced without the digital age. I would never have had my musical imagination rekindled by Kardemimmit if not for digital music (I do own their physical albums now too). However, there is still a demand, and a need, for the physical. I personally like to have the physical album if possible because then I can touch and feel it, and look at what’s inside the booklet, or display it on my wall or on a shelf. I think a desire for the physical will always remain. It’s nice when you can buy a digital and physical combo from artists.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
–I kind of discussed the local Chico scene for bands in an earlier question, but there is a fair amount of local venues to play. After awhile though it kind of seems like there aren’t many places to play when you’re just playing the same places over and over again.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party
–When I play live I always treat it as a serious happening. You should always try to play your best if you’re at a house party or a live venue, with only one person attending or with many people rocking out.
What would you like to see the future bring?
–I would like to start playing live again. I have someone in mind who could play the bass live, but I’m still looking for a drummer that can play similar to my own drumming style. It would be awesome to have From Deep Space start playing shows in the near future. I also want to release physical cds/vinyl of Brunhilde. I am currently working on my next album and its almost finished. I hope to record the new songs in the next few months and have the new album released on Bandcamp shortly thereafter. Brunhilde was recorded in about 12 hours in the studio (including set up time, tuning, recording, mastering), with only one take done on the vocals and most of the instruments because I could only afford that much time. I would like to spend a little more time on the new album. I am excited to release the new music. The songs are like acorns growing in my head that need to be released in order to become trees.